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CSULB Feral Cats Program
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September, 2008

The University’s goal is to work closely with the volunteers (staff, students, faculty, and community members) to manage a very small feral cat population on campus grounds. The primary objective of the University’s program is to ensure that the number of feral cats on campus does not interfere with University activities or result in health or safety problems. This objective will be accomplished by decreasing the number of feral cats on campus through sterilization and attrition through a trap, neuter/spay, return/adopt and manage (TNRAM) program.

Key objectives of this program are:

  • Humane trapping of cats on campus to significantly reduce the number of feral cats, identification via painless ear notches, testing for infectious diseases, vaccination, spay/neuter, return or adoption whenever possible.
  • Establish and maintain authorized feeding locations where registered volunteers provide daily meals and water and observe feral cat activity in compliance with the attached Regulations for the Feeding of Homeless Feral Cats (attached).
  • Removal and channeling for adoption of socialized adult cats and kittens from the campus.
  • Removal of sick or injured cats.

While an exact figure is not available, the current campus feral cat population is estimated to total approximately 150 cats, which is far too many for a campus the size and density of CSULB. Volunteers will monitor the cat population for newcomers, including kittens, which will be trapped before they are assimilated in the current cat population. Any current adult socialized cats that can be adopted will be removed.

All volunteers will register on the CSULB Feral Cat Registration Form and sign a General Release of all Claims registration form with the CSULB Department of Safety and Risk Management. All volunteers will adhere to all University policies, including parking regulations and fees.

Registered Volunteers will:

  • Abide by this program, including the Regulations for the Feeding of Homeless Feral Cats, and maintain the 7 authorized campus feeding locations.
  • Ensure that all approved cat feeding containers are clean, sanitary, appropriately labeled with University-supplied permits, and all food is removed daily as required.
  • Not place nor construct any structures on campus grounds.
  • Manage the health and safety of the feral cats by
    • conducting regular health assessments and assuring all cats are vaccinated, and
    • immediately addressing any health and safety issues or concerns they identify or which are brought to their attention by the University.
  • Decrease significantly the current feral cat population by
    • maintaining an inventory of cats by feeding location for submission to the University on a semi-annual basis,
    • removing all socialized adult cats and kittens from campus, and
    • employing the trap, neuter/spay, return/adopt method of management.

The University will:

  • Identify 7 small authorized feeding locations in conjunction with the operational needs of the campus.
  • Provide campus access to registered volunteers carrying appropriate identification.
  • Approve feeding containers that may be used at authorized feeding locations.
  • Provide labels to be affixed to all approved small feeding containers for identification purposes.
  • Notify the registered volunteer and/or related student organization if it is determined necessary to relocate a feeding location.
  • Remove any unauthorized or non-compliant feeding container or shelter.
  • Advise the registered volunteer and/or related student organization of any concerns or issues regarding a feeding location, or any adjustments that are required.
  • Assist in trapping for the removal of cats at no charge

The success of this campus feral cat program will be measured by the following criteria:

  • Evidence of a significant reduction of the campus cat population through a humane TNRAM program.
  • Low/no visibility of feeding locations and feral cats.
  • The absence of unauthorized feeding locations or containers.
  • The absence of artificial/man-made shelters.
  • Complaints from the University community due to the presence of cats or associated paraphernalia.

Intentional violation of this program by a participant will result in exclusion from program participation.